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the notion of leading from behind. they say a romney administration would not lead from behind but rather lead from out front, and they're going to go after the president aggressively. you will see this in the course of romney's address which has been very carefully prepared and carefully written and you certain saw to a certain degree when romney did his overseas trip over the summer when he went to britain and then to england and then israel and then he went to poland and the series of speeches he delivered were pretty tough on the president even though he was reluctant to overly criticize the president overseas. the message certainly came through and certainly came through in the interview i did with mitt romney in jerusalem when he was there while we were talking about the middle east. i think you will see a lot more of this and he thinks he has advantages in going after the president's record on on a lot of these issues. >> i recall specifically since you said he will be so careful as he words the speech today, i recall the series of gaffes on the overseas trip as well and to that po
and sketched out a stronger, bolder response by a romney administration. cnn's national political correspondent jim acosta has more on that. >> reporter: wolf, after millions of americans watched mitt romney go toe to toe with president obama at their first debate, the gop nominee now wants voters to see him as commander in chief. he's done just that in a series of foreign policy speeches, including one here at the virginia military institute where he kudz the president of allowing the middle east to drift closer towards war. telling a crowd of cadets and supporters at the virginia military institute that hope is not a strategy on foreign policy, mitt romney wasted no time in building his case that the middle east has grown more dangerous under president obama's watch. exhibit a was last month's attack that left a u.s. ambassador dead at the american consulate in libya. >> the attacks on america last not should not be seen as random acts. they're expressions of a larger struggle playing out across the broader middle east and i'll vigorously pursue the terrorists who attacked our consulate in be
of defense larry corps who worked in the reagan administration and richard williamson who is a senior romney foreign policy adviser. welcome, gentlemen. ambassador williams, i read the speech and tried to read it carefully. mitt romney is very critical of how president obama handled the benghazi killings and so forth and security risks. i want to ask you though specifically. in your judgment does mr. romney believe there was a cover-up going on in the white house when they put out susan rice, they already knew it wasn't the video. it was actually the al qaeda terrorists and others related to it that? will romney in the debate next week talk about a benghazi security cover-up regarding the baha obama white house? >> thanks for letting me be on. benghazi has to be seen we had 20 embassies in the greater middle east where demonstrations took place. we had four compounds breached, american flags burns and the black flag of al qaeda raised. it was a disgraceful day, and it was evidence of a failed middle east policy. on benghazi itself, governor romney's been very clear. the president of the unit
administration's attempts to convince of us of that. >> reporter: the romney campaign is trying to reverse the tide on this issue. the republican contender used today's speech to keep up his criticism of the obama administration. romney had a swagger. he's riding a wave of momentum after last week's debate. latest poll taken after the denver show count has the race tied at 47 among registered voters. president obama had a five point advantage in the three days leading in the debate. the same poll found voters overwhelmingly said romney won't debate, the biggest debate win ever recorded by gallup. bigger than clinton's 42 point margin over bush.4!zf[ç in los angeles last night musicians lent their support. mr. obama thanked the performers and threw in a not so subtle reference to his debate performance. >> the president: they perform flawlessly, night after night. i can't always say the same. >> reporter: with the polls tightening the pressure is on vice president biden who squares off against ryan thursday night. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> senator feinstein has called for a
the voters are looking for, because you have a romney campaign criticizing the obama administration strategy or this doctrine that the obama administration called leading from behind. specifically libya when the white house in a calculated let france and britain take lead in establishing this no-fly zone, and the u.s. played assist. romney is calling that leading from behind as following. very different than what we saw from president bush with his own preemptive first strike doctrine forging the war in iraq and using it as justification for his war on terror. what do you think american voters are more comfortable with? do you think that it is the bush preemptive approach that resonates with voters, or is it really more about what president obama is trying to do? >> there's clearly no great desire on the part of the american public to get involved in wars. once again, as was the case with iraq, for example. it's completely militarily, even though, as you and i know, the situation in iraq is deteriorating, and romney makes some valid points about the reduction of democracy under the governmen
administration would be that romney's pledge to beef up the u.s. navy, which is the key service of interest to strengthen our position in asia. i think that's an important difference. >> woodruff: what about that resource question, michelle flour foi? noy. >> i think it requires reinvestment in the relationships which is happening which is a diplomatic effort. it does require some change of our military posture. but it's not just about number of ships. there are plans that are being put in place now to actually shift more of the navy into asia. what matters most is what are the capabilities of those systems? when you look at what this administration has protected and increased investment in, in its military budget, it is the capabilities to require to enable america freedom of action in a very contested environment in asia and elsewhere. >> woodruff: well, we're going to have to leave it there. we know the two candidates will be debating foreign policy on october 22. thank you both for being with us. >> woodruff: you can watch all of mitt romney's speech at v.m.i. today on our web site. >>
. the republican contender used today's speech to keep up his criticism of the obama administration. romney had a swagger. he's riding a wave of momentum after last week's debate. latest poll taken after the denver show count has the race tied at 47 among registered voters. president obama had a five point advantage in the three days leading in th debate theame poll found voters ovwhelngly sd romy won't debate, the biggest debate win ever recorded by gallup. bigger than clinton's 42 point margin over bush.4!zf[ç in los angeles last night musicians lent their support. mr. obama thanked the performers and threw in a not so subtle reference to his debate performance. >> the president: theyerfor flawlely, night aft nit. i can't always say the same. reporter: with the polls tightening the pressure is on vice president biden who squares off against ryan thursday night. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> senator feinstein has called for a federal investigation into record gas prices we are pail. today's report shows san francisco averages $4.74 for regular oakland and san jose $4.68. those pric
differences between what a romney ad administration would look like and another four years of president obama might look like? >> even for a person who doesn't think badly of president obama's foreign policy i think it was useful because it reinforced america's need for engagement in the world. general scales was correct, there is military aspect to that which i personally may not consider necessary but i welcome the general tone of more engagement even if i don't think defense spending going up and. tired of wars. tired of unrest. discouraged by the anti-americanism, seen throughout broader islamic world and mood of come home america. let's mend our own problems and heal our own wounds for a while. that is understandable and partly i think right, if we take it too far we can get ourselves into trouble. governor romney arguing not for just more military spending but more effective foreign aid. better coordinated. arguing for a word dare i say sounds like nation-building. places like libya where he wants to do more to help countries get on their feet after revolutions before they have been thr
the country's power to shake history. romney also portrayed the administration as weak for changing its explanation for last month's deadly attacks on the us consulate in libya. >> this latest assault cannot be blamed on a reprehensible resolving israel. no, the administration has finally conceded these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists. >> the obama campaign is dismillsing romney's speech -- is -- is dismissioning romney's speech -- dismissing romney's speech,. >>> the president is arriving here in the bay area. he's in kern county right now to dedicate a memorial to the late leader cesar chavez. he's speaking there. you can barely see him. he's greeting some supporters there. we'll have a report shortly from san francisco on the president's here to the bay area. >>> early voting begins in california today. if you want to vote early, just head to your county election office. however, most county offices are closed today for columbus day. ballots for people voting by mail will be sent tomorrow. 32 states and the district of columbia offer some form of early voting. >>> gaso
in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> romney ripped the administration initial and insistence that the attack on the consulate in libya was a riot about a mob angry about islam movement. >> as the administration concedeed the attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists. >> team obama called the rhetoric erratic and wants a counterattack ad to run in virginia slamming the poorly reviewed european trip four months ago. >> if this is how he handles the world now, think what romney might do as president. >> eager to look resolute and ready to be commander-in-chief romney promised actions. >> for the sake of peace, we must make clear to iran through actions not just words that the nuclear pursuit will not be tolerated. >> he pledged help to rebels trying to topple the regime and renewed the charge that obama administration threw israel under the bus. >> i'd restore the presence of the aircraft task forces in the eastern mediterranean and the gulf. i'll work with isr increase our military assistance and coordination. >> reporter: regarding afghanistan, romney said
like the last four years. >> romney said hope is not a strategy. administration policy weakened the u.s. and its allies while emboldening the enemies. >> with iran closer than ever to nuclear weapons capability with the conflict in syria threatening to destabilize the region and with violent extremists on the march, and with an american ambassador and three others dead, likely at the hands of al-qaeda affiliates, it's clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the president took office. >> romney ripped the administration initial and insistence that the attack on the consulate in libya was a riot about a mob angry about islam movement. >> as the administration concedeed the attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists. >> team obama called the rhetoric erratic and wants a counterattack ad to run in virginia slamming the poorly reviewed european trip four months ago. >> if this is how he handles the world now, think what romney might do as president. >> eager to look resolute and ready to be commander-in-chief romney promised actions. >> for the sake of pea
netanyahu. this is something the romney campaign p seized upon and criticized the administration for. the obama campaign, the white house is trying to paint mitt romney as an amateur when it comes to these issues to nullify his arguments or any of the arguments he's making. a few things they have seized on to do that, remember his foreign trip when he traveled to england, israel and poland. mitt romney made gaffes that got national attention. the obama campaign picking up on that. yesterday an obama spokesperson said only chevy chase offended more people when he went to europe referencing the national lampoon movies. that was echoed today. they also criticized him for the libya situation saying he responded without knowing what was happening in libya. president obama s of course, vulnerable on the issue of libya. we have seen his policies drop. that's their tactic, to accuse mitt romney of being an amateur on the issues. >> kristen in beautiful keene, california. thank you very much. up next, the political briefing. >> what do you mean? i better get ready for that. yeah, i better get
itself. you are an ambassador in the bush administration. do you understand the romney foreign policy? >> yeah -- i'm not a romney -- >> i know you're not. >> but here's the point. the world is better off and america's better off if there's leadership from the united states. >> you think rhetoric matters is what you're saying. the policy differences aren't much. >> might not be material much, but i think u.s. policy, russia, trade is going differ. i think policy in the mideast is different and starting with your friends, working with the industrial democracies, showing leadership is an important ability block that romney is articulating that we're not seeing. >> i'm going to be a cynic here, tough on china talk. every presidential candidate talks tough on china. in office, never as tough as their rhetoric. >> 20 years ago was tough on japan. i think it's -- >> even clinton was going to be tough on china and wasn't. >> sure. he really overshot. he used the butchers of beijing and brought a lot of issues. i think our trade relation with china are generally positive, but there is an area
the president before the. the debate, romney will attempt to seize on the administration's -- this is by our account his tenth foreign policy speech of the campaign. romney's forays into foreign policy has been a mixed bag. from his rush to criticize the president on egypt and libya before all the facts were known. >> if you had known that the ambassador had died -- >> i'm not going to take hypotheticals about what would have been known. we responded last night to the events that happened in egypt. >> romney's effort to banish his foreign policy credentials with a summer trip was widely panned after romney seemed to insult the british handling of the olympics. his campaign spent weeks trying to explain why he didn't mention the war in afghanistan in his convention speech. today, romney will try again. arguing quote, i know the president hopes for a safer, freer and more pros% middle east allied with the united states. i share this hope, but hope is not a strategy. it's a message he previewed yesterday on the trail. >> i commit to you i will be a leader. when i'm president, i will take the ca
of the obama administration that republicans and romney are referring to? >> well, i think he's talking about what just happened in this fiasco in libya. governor romney had a good week talking about the economy. they want to definele what will be talked about this week on the if foreign policy front. they'll have a hearing about what went on the in libya on the security side leading up to the attack there. that's what he wants to set the stage for. if they talk about foreign policy this week, he wants it to define the terms on which we have that debate. >> because words matter, you started off with with saying i think that's what governor romney was talking about. an ongoing investigation into what happened in libya. obviously, aa he great concern. but you could not answer that question with certainty of what epic failure governor romney and republicans believe has happened over the past four years under this president's leadership, under secretary of state hillary clinton here. that is still unclear even after that 25-minute speech a couple of hours ago. >> he made the case that the middle
is the slow, painful death of syria. >> aiding the rebels in syria was one of many issues which mitt romney touchdown during a foreign policy speech in virginia today. charging the obama administration is sitting on the sidelines, he did not offer specifics, but laid out this policy. >> in syria, i will work with our partners to organize those members of the opposition who share our values. they obtained the arms they need to defeat the tanks and helicopters and fighter jets. >> mitt romney in virginia today. for more on what he had to say and how foreign policy is playing his campaign, i am joined by our foreign policy correspondent. thank you for coming in. how would president romney differ from president obama? >> i cannot tell how it would differ. he does say that he would go so far as to arm some of the rebels through our partners. the way the paragraph is carefully constructed come a gives the impression that he would arm the rebels. if you read it, it says it through our allies. that is what we are doing. that is what we're doing to begin with. not very different. >> you were just in
.4 #% unemployment. >> romney pounded biden for stating the administration's goal yesterday of a trillion dollar tax hike on those earning more than 200,000 or $250,000. >> they have been squeezed and buried. >> he did not talk about the 47% who don't pay income taxes expect a handout. he renounced the statement last night once and for all. >> completely wrong, and i absolutely believe my life has shown i care about 100%. >> they hope the remarks put the matter behind him, but to prevent that, democrats spent today announcing new talking points to keep it alive. lou? lou: thank you very much. carl cameron, chief political correspondent. joining us for more on this final month before the election and what changed since the debate, carl rove joins us, the head of the american cross roads, former adviser to president bush. good to have you here. start with, first of all, that pempsz. you and i have not had the chance to talk since then. governor romney was simply dominating. >> yeah. just from the opening bell to the final wimper. he was in charge. who was that guy? he was funny. he was aggressive. he
. why ruffle any real feathers? i want to go to mitt romney talking about this video. the administration blamed earlier today. >> this latest assault can't be blamed on reprehensible video insulting islam, despite the administration attempt to convince us of that for so long. no, as the administration has finally concedeed these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists. >> greg: eric, do you remember he came out about the egyptian embassy. they're not doing. this he got heat. isn't he -- hasn't he been proven right? >> eric: the left was complaining about the timing. interfering with president obama handling of the crisis and turns out president obama should have listened to him. >> exactly. anything that president obama does is right thing to do. anything that romney does is interfering. >> dana: but having been vindicated they go back to he fumbled the foreign policy issue. why do they blame the video. that excuse would have been something everyone swallowed. if you have a free media and you have independent thought and you say this can't be true, news reports today concerned abo
and the administration refusing to meet with netanyahu and impaired relations with israel. here is romney's take. >> put the leaders of iran on notice that the united states and friends and allies will prevent them from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. not hells tate time to pose sanctions on iran. tighten the sanctions we currently have. >> bob: if you want -- >> eric: if you want a lesson on difference in foreign policy between obama and romney listen to that one more time and then listen to bombardiebombardierbarack obamat embarrassment for the exceptionalism and the reaction to 9/11 was improper. he goes on and on. apologizing for america. they can't be more different. >> dana: if you go back and look at obama speech, take time for the speech in germany running as a candidate. similar thing. >> bob: he said tighten the sanctions are there, tight. he said add additional sanction. not one thing about what they were. in terms of saying to iran you don't have nuclear capability, that's been said. >> dana: if he had something specific, the complaint would have been he is getting himself involved. >>
to the administration for doing that. the real problem here is that there's this struggle within the romney campaign itself over syria between neo-conservatives to militarily intervene and those who actually are more reticent and the problem is that mr. romney flip flops between one group and the other and can't quite decide which one is more important. the bottom line, however, for purposes of american interest in the middle east, arming a rag tag group of rebels at this point in time is inconsistent with understanding when's going to emerge of syria in the long run. one of the reasons why i'm reticent is because we don't really know who the rebels are. some of them are affiliates of al qaeda. some of them funded by saudi clerics. some of them indeed very good guys and deserve support but very much an open question of who would get the arms. we don't want to repeat afghanistan back when congressman charlie wilson was doing that very same thing and it was 0 is a many bin laden who benefit benefited. >> general, i want your take on mitt romney saying about strengthening the u.s. sanctions currently a
: but today was unclear what exactly romney would do that would be different. the obama administration imposing tough sanctions already. >> i will not hesitate to impose new sanctions on iran and will tighten the sanctions we currently have. >> reporter: the obama campaign asking just what would those new sanctions be and on libya after the attack in benghazi that killed four americans including ambassador chris stevens, blistering words for the obama administration. >> this latest assault can't be blamed on a reprehensible video insulting islam despite the administration's attempts to convince us of that for so long. no, the administration has finally conceded these were the deliberate work of terrorists. >> reporter: romney said today he would vigorously pursue the terrorists. president obama has said he is doing the same thing and the obama campaign trying to remind voters of romney's first reaction criticizing the president as the attack was unfolding. >> our u.s. diplomats were attacked in libya the oba-- >> up in virginia. the campaign arguing voters should know that romney's tim
administration, previewing the mitt romney speech today, this article from yesterday afternoon talks a little bit about this. a campaign spokeswoman talking to reporters on air force one yesterday. host: the obama administration already getting ready for this big speech this morning. let's get more from you on the republican line. thank you for calling in. caller: i would like mitt romney to talk about the fact that obama.com is owned by a communist in singapore and is one of 400 web sites where obama is collecting worldwide from russia, china, and i can name a bunch of other countries. host: in a major foreign-policy speech, that is what you want him to talk about? caller: yes. i hope that he stops with obama is doing. host: thanks for calling in this morning. jimmy, democratic line. what do you think mitt romney needs to talk about in his address this morning? caller: let me get to your actual question. investing money overseas would be a whole can of worms. i would like him to explain how or why cutting any part of the budget would impede our ability to protect america. the approach he has had
to defeat assad's tanks and helicopters and fighter jets. >> reporter: romney also delivered his harshest assessment yet of the administration's evolving response to the attacks in libya. >> this latest assault can't be blamed on a reprehensible video insulting islam-- despite the administration's attempts to convince us of that for so long. no, as the administration has finally conceded, these attacks were the deliberate work of terrorists. they use violence to impose their dark ideology and others. >> reporter: romney has been critical of the way the president has handled libya, he supported humanitarian aid when the president advocated that but when the president last year called for qaddafi's ouster, scott, romney accused him of making ad hoc determinations and saying he didn't have a long-term strategy. >> pelley: as you might imagine, jan, the obama campaign has another view and white house correspondent nancy cordes is joining us from keen, california with that tonight. nancy? >> reporter: scott, good evening those poll numbers you mentioned helped to explain why the obama campaign
weapons, despite the administration's fear they'll end up in the hands of al qaeda. and romney claimed he'd be tougher on iran about nuclear weapons. >> this is a dangerous situation. >> reporter: romney said president obama's making it more dangerous by resisting israeli prime minister netanyahu, aapparently willingness to attack iranian nuke plants. >> i know the president hopes for a safer, freer, middle east, i share this hope. but hope is not a strategy. >> reporter: romney's remarks, said one expert, are not a strategy. >> he tried to sound very tough in his critique of barack obama today. however, those are mostly rhetorical differences on some of those key foreign policy issues as opposed to actual new tough policies. >> reporter: the president fired back in an ad to run in virginia. >> reckless, amateurish, vaes what news media and fellow republicans stance. >> reporter: president obama ignored mitt romney's speech. >> reporter: mad elaine called it shallow and out of date. >>> there have been ups and downs with the start of postseason play for local baseball fans, starting with
weapons, despite the administration's fear they will end up in the hands of al qaeda. and romney claimed he would be tougher on iran about nuclear weapons. >> this is a dangerous situation. >> reporter: romney said president obama's making it more dangerous by resisting israeli prime minister netanyahu's apparent willingness to attack iranian nuke plants. >> i know the president hopes for a safer, freer, and more pros pous middle east, along with us. i share this hope. but hope is not a strategy. >> reporter: romney's remarks, said one expert, are not a strategy. >> he tried to sound very tough in his critique of barack obama today. however, those are mostly rhetorical differences on some of those key foreign policy issues as opposed to actual new tough policies. >> reporter: the president fired back in an ad to run in virginia. >> reckless, amateurish, that's what news media and fellow republicans called mitt romney's gaf gaffe. >> reporter: barack obama himself today publicly ignored mitt romney's speech. the president sent out former secretary of state madelyn albright to call mitt ro
policy disaster for following this country as well as this administration, what are the implications for this race with governor romney now surging, as we just reported, and the a pew research poll up from another four points, giving governor romney an advantage. >> what we need to know is whether this is a bounce that may fade or a genuine search for it which, it may not be. we may not know for some time. it seems to me that it is certainly possible that this is a genuine surge. that mitt romney has managed by virtue of his debate performance and augmented by his speech today, in which he certainly looked presidential in a presidential setting and spoke that some authority of foreign policy issues -- mitt romney may be getting to look like a series canada. the challenger to a sitting president -- he may have a lot of help from that conditions in the country in the eyes of the public, but he needs to pass the tests himself. one of the tests is am i acceptable as a plausible president myself. it seems to me that the debate may have created that image in the minds of the public. that i
administration foreign policy. among other things mr. romney today will say that hope is not a strategy. he will tick off a number of international hot spots with specific criticism of the president's handling of it. he'll talk about libya and at attack on benghazi and how the obama administration was reluctant to say it was terrorism and argued for some time that it was a mob riot sparked by an anti-islam video. he'll talk about the need for the u.s. to be more supportive of israel than president obama has been. he has accused the president time and again of throwing both benjamin netanyahu and israel under the bus. he will say the palestinians deserve support and there needs to be u.s. support and further advancement of a two-state solution. mr. romney will go on and say in egypt the president and u.s. needs to attach our relationship with the egyptians based on some level to trade and try to encourage egypt to be more democracy minded. he'll go to then afghanistan and say that while he does believe that the u.s.'s with trawl from afghanistan ultimately is a reasonable thing to do the pre
on the obama administration's handling of the deadly attack in labia. romney headed overseas this summer with a few missteps in the obama campaign seized on those mistakes. >> reckless, immaturish that's what they called his tour to israel, po -- israel, poland and israel. >> reporter: now, new polls show that mitt romney received a boost from the debate, essentially leaving this race in a tie. >>> the vice president candidates are getting ready for their debates. democrats are hoping that joe biden does better against paul ryan than president obama did with mitt romney last week. >> i think paul ryan is gonna did a great job. i think that joe biden is a very good key baiter. >> analysts say that there's pressure on ryan to show he's potential protesters presidential material in his first debate. >> early voting begins today. if you want to vote today, head to the offices today but most of them are closed because of columbus day. >>> ven sway sway lan president -- inventoryian venezuelan presidential hugo chavez ran the presidency again. he's the longest-running president in latin-ameri
. and they have both talked about tougher sanctions. obama administration is moving, coordinating with the europeans on tougher sanctions against iran. even as it leaves the door open to diplomacy. i'm not sure what mitt romney can do to except escalate the military option that would differentiate, be that different than what the obama administration has done. >> we also hear that in this speech today he'll emphasize the solution of a two-state solution and when we saw that videotape of a fund-raiser earlier this year, he dismissed that. how important is that in the big picture of foreign policy? >> well, at the moment, the peace process is dead and both men also talk about a two-state solution so again i'm not sure that it's one that will really differentiate the candidates. but it is true that mitt romney has a much stronger relationship with the prime minister of israel and there's almost open hostility between president obama and benjamin netanyahu. >> it does seem that often in campaigns that we talk about the lack of foreign policy experience for many of these candidates and
our values. well, that's precisely what the administration is doing. so, with the headline grabbing phrase here arm the syrian rebels, that's not what this, our administration is doing right now and it's actually not what mitt romney said he would do in the speech. what he said he would do is exactly what this administration is doing. we're working with the people in the region, trying to identify and organize the syrian political opposition. >> we're working, general clark, but we're providing communications and some n non leathal assistance. so what we're providing has -- by assad and his henchmen. what else can we do? >> the work we're doing is not just providing communications. that's the start of this. what we're actually doing is trying to help build leadership because somebody has to be politically in charge of the people who are using the weapons. otherwise, you may as well just pull the ship up to the port, unload the weapons and hand them out on the street. these groups and the free syrian army, they don't all work together and cooperate and we don't know under whose autho
for changes in america's foreign policy. jan crawford is covering the romney campaign in lexington, virginia. jan, good morning. >> reporter: good morning. romney was one of the president's critics on how he handled libya. subsequently that proved him right. the administration blamed the attacks in benghazi on a movie. romney has some strong words at a speech later this morning here in lexington. and implying some of the president's decisions were made for political reasons. in a major speech on foreign policy romney will attack mr. obama's leadership and set out his strategy, promising i'll affirm that my duty is not to my political prospects but to the security of the nation. romney will challenge the president's handling of the middle east saying it's time to change course. i know the president hopes for a safer, freer and more prosperous middle east allied with the united states. i share that hope. but hope is not a strategy. >> we'll win in florida. >> reporter: this speech comes after a weekend of campaigning in the battleground state of florida. romney a private man began showing a co
is raising cash. mitt romney is raising concerns. this morning he's ripping the administration's handling of the middle east and its many recent flash points like the fatal terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. romney is trying to polish his own spotty record on foreign affairs and he faces some public doubts. according to to a cnn/orc poll 52% of americans believe obama is better at handling foreign affairs. 45% say romney. cnn national political correspondent jim acosta is at the virginia military institute where romney will speak in just a little over two hours. good morning, jim. >> reporter: good morning, carol. that's right. after what was widely perceived as a big victory for mitt romney on the issue of domestic policies at that first presidential debate, he's going to be going after the president on foreign policy at that speech at the virginia military institute here in lexington later on this morning. and the campaign did release some excerpts from the speech that we could look at to sort of see where he might be going with this address later on this morning. a few th
concerns. next hour romney will deliver a foreign policy speech ripping the administration's handling of the middle east and its many recent flash points. libya, syria, iran, romney has said that obama has weakened america's standing in the world. >> we face a time when there is turmoil in the middle east and other parts of the world and people are asking where is america? where is american leadership in this is a critical time. if we were to reelect president obama, i don't think we would measure up to the test of time. >> mark preston is in our washington bureau. good morning, mark. does romney have the standing himself to make foreign policy a critical campaign issue? >> i think it is too late in the campaign right now, carol, for mitt romney to really make big in roads on the issue of foreign policy. what he needs to do is really portray himself and present himself to the voters as somebody who is ready to step in as day one, as our viewers will remember back in 2008 hillary clinton tried to make a big issue of barack obama not being the person able to deal with world crisises and
or underemployed tells you a lot about the failure of this administration's policies. >> reporter: romney made a delivered shift towards sharing a more compassionate side, something he long resisted, in three rallies recounting memories of a 14-year-old he befriended with leukemia. >> he asked me a difficult question. he said mitt, what's next. he called me brother romney, what's next. david passed away. i'll always remember, never forget his courage, his clear eyes, his full heart. david can't lose. i love the greatness of the soul of the american people. >> reporter: and this week's main event, in fact, won't include mitt romney or president obama. it is the vice presidential debate set for this thursday in kentucky between joe biden and paul ryan, and suddenly after the lopsided performance by the president last week, womillie, e stakes are higher. >> peter alexander, thank you. peter touched on it. we don't always give the most attention to the vice presidential debate, we did four years ago because of sarah palin, but it has new meaning because of the jobs numbers that came out friday, it
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